He achieved this at the Beijing Olympics in the men's 10 metre platform event.
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In , basketball player Jason Collins a member of the Washington Wizards came out as gay, becoming the first active male professional athlete in a major North American team sport to publicly come out as gay. On February 9, , former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out as gay. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on May 10, , with the th overall pick in the seventh round, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL franchise.
He was released by St. Louis and waived by the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Sam was on the roster for the Montreal Alouettes , but has since retired from football. Her real-life coming out was echoed in the sitcom Ellen in " The Puppy Episode ", in which the eponymous character Ellen Morgan , played by DeGeneres, outs herself over the airport public address system.
On March 29, , Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin came out publicly in a post on his official web site by stating, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am. Widespread coverage included a Time magazine cover story and a television movie on NBC. The video he posted on YouTube of the conversation in which he told his father he was gay went viral.
In October, , megachurch pastor Bishop Jim Swilley came out to his congregation. The YouTube video of the service went viral. One year and five years later, [ clarification needed ] he confirmed the costs but also the freedom he has experienced.
I feel closer to him now In , the acclaimed British film Beautiful Thing had a positive take in its depiction of two teenage boys coming to terms with their sexual identity. Ellen DeGeneres 's coming out in the media as well as an episode of Ellen , " The Puppy Episode ", "ranks, hands down, as the single most public exit in gay history", changing media portrayals of lesbians in Western culture. This storyline was also featured prominently in the U. The television show The L Word , which debuted in , focuses on the lives of a group of lesbian and bisexual women, and the theme of coming out is prominently featured in the storylines of multiple characters.
Coming Out , which debuted in , is the first Quebec television program about being gay. Season 3 of the Norwegian Teen drama series SKAM focused on a main character coming out and his relationship with another boy. Love, Simon , based on the book Simon vs. In political, casual, or even humorous contexts, "coming out" means by extension the self-disclosure of a person's secret behaviors, beliefs, affiliations, tastes, identities, and interests that may cause astonishment or bring shame.
Some examples include: "coming out as an alcoholic",  " coming out as a BDSM participant ",  "coming out of the broom closet" as a witch ,  "coming out as a conservative",  "coming out as disabled",  "coming out as a liberal",  "coming out as intersex ",  "coming out as multiple ",  "coming out as polyamorous ",  "coming out as a sex worker ",  and "coming out of the shadows" as an undocumented immigrant within the United States.
Category:LGBT culture. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Coming out disambiguation. The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
You may improve this article , discuss the issue on the talk page , or create a new article , as appropriate. I snuck some straight porn in there too, so that threw him off just enough. The Flash actor told PEOPLE that even though he went to a dance high school with a large population of gay students, he was afraid to come out to his fellow classmates. I was lying and lying and lying, doing everything I could to hold on to my secret. But after having a heart-to-heart with one of his best friends, he eventually decided to address the rumors head-on while at a party.
The YouTube sensation found support from his friends and most of his family after coming out in high school — but struggled with one key figure in his life: his biological father. One night, his dad invited him to dinner and asked Oakley if he was gay. When Oakley said yes, his dad offered to pay for conversion therapy. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser.
For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain. Others might know him from the powerful essay he posted to his Twitter account in July , revealing that he was a gay man who married the love of his life earlier that year, Bryan Fuller. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity. Cynthia Nixon 's coming out was easy once she got rid of some dead weight.
Her publicist at the time encouraged her to stay in the closet, so Cynthia encouraged her to get another job by replacing her with a publicist that supported her idea to share her sexual identity with the public. She then just simply confirmed that she is, in fact, a lesbian. Cynthia is now happily married to activist and policy analyst Christine Marinoni.
The pair have been married since , but have been dating since the final days of Sex And The City in Brandon Flynn came out while speaking out in favor of marriage equality in Australia on Instagram. The 13 Reasons Why hottie saw a "Vote No" message in skywriting over Sydney online and decided to take action. Brandon ended with a message of hope, that equality takes courage and hate comes from a place of fear.
It's amazing that Barry Manilow c ame out as recently as , when he was Barry confirmed his three-year marriage to Garry Klef to People Magazine , admitting that he had put off coming out for so long because he was worried about what his Fanilows would think. He was worried that they would be disappointed, but when his sexuality was confirmed, Barry's fans were just happy for him.
Natalie prefaces her essay with the fact that she is a very private person, and as such, her coming out is the exact opposite of something she would usually do. She then told the entire story of her sexual awakening, from her first crush to her first encounter with a queer girl in a public high school to her first encounters with homophobia. Sarah Paulson came out as a bi woman on national television, kind of by accident.
In a moment of pure joy, she congratulated her then-partner, Cherry Jones , on winning a Tony Award with a kiss that was caught on camera. But, getting back to the matter at hand: is it alright if Phil tagged along with us during our vacation? I'll ask him if he wants to come, but I wanted to pass it by the two of you first. I got up from my chair, and turned towards the Break Room. Sure thing, ladies, I answered. I'm going to grab some coffee. Would you like anything, Amerson?
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I headed off to fetch my mug of mud, and allowed the girls a chance to debate my proposal further. So, what do you think? Jessica asked the specter. Should I let Gary drag Phil along with us to the cottage? It's your call, Karen mused. I know you wanted to use this vacation to spend some quality time with him in a non-work setting, and having Phil there will put a serious crimp in those plans.
Jessica nodded. That it will, but at the same time, Gary does raise some valid concerns. I care about Phil, too.
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He's a good friend of Gary's, and I don't want him going back down that road to ruin, I know writers are tortured souls, but you usually think about it happening with alcohol or drugs, not gambling. So, maybe it is good to remove him away from the avenues where he could get his drug here in Toronto. Perhaps, but I know there is a slot facility up the road from Gary's cottage. I know Phil doesn't drive, and he'd be stupid to try and con either of us to drive him up there.
If Phil's going to gamble, he'll find a way to get there. True, but maybe there is a way where you can keep his mind off of gambling, and get some alone time with Gary in the process. Karen thought for a moment. Well, Gary is bringing Benny to the cottage, too, right? You could get Phil to take the dog out for the odd walk, and that would give you and Gary the alone time you're craving for.
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Jessica mulled the possibility. Having Benny tag along would be a perfect foil for Phil, in her opinion. Granted, the walks wouldn't be very far since my cottage was on the shores of Rice Lake in the Kawarthas, and there were only side roads in the area. However, it would still afford Jessica the opportunity to have some alone time with me.
My girlfriend's face lit up. My God, Karen, you're a genius. I never would have thought about the Benny angle. Okay then, I'll tell Gary that Phil can tag along. I just hope Phil doesn't feel out of place up there. After Jessica gave me the green light, I called my writing friend up on the phone.
As per his usual habit, he picked up on the second ring. I explained to him my offer about spending Christmas up at my cottage with the rest of us. He seemed hesitant at the notion. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
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